I installed Xubuntu on two Hdd’s. One 32Bit and another 64 bit. It was pretty friendly. I liked it. I also installed Lubuntu 32 on another drive and Lubuntu 64 on yet another drive.
They are basically the similar but the Lubuntu has a more windows oriented desktop. I really like it as it is user friendly and you need not be a nerd to work your way around it.
I was running WinXp 32 bit on the machine I was testing. I went into BIOS and changed the setting from 32 to 64 bit and then I loaded Lubuntu AMD64. I left the grub on the Lubuntu drive as I loaded the system with all the other drives disconnected.
Then I answered the big question. Will WinXP 32bit still run on the 64 bit BIOS setting?
YES! And it runs just fine. So I have a dual boot with Win XP32 (I have a lot of great programs that won’t run on anything after Win XP) I can use the boot menu at startup to switch systems and they both work flawlessly.
I can now go on the internet with a virus resistant OS (Relatively speaking as I do not know if there are any out there for Linux) and I can use XP for recording.
Windows can’t “see” the Lubuntu drive but the Lubuntu drive can “mount” and see my windows drives if I want ti import any files from them. (Music files/ videos, txt etc)
All the hardware runs better with the Lubuntu drivers than they do with the Windows drivers. The end result?
I am a very happy friggin camper. Now I am doing the same for my Win7 machine and win 10 machines. My WinXP OS has been obsoleted for quite a few videos, but I can view anything with my Lubuntu OS.
Until now I had to have a separate machine for my older recording programs and another for the Internet. Not anymore. Man, I REALLY LOVE Lubuntu 64, and you can run Lubuntu 32 on almost all older P4 machines with little more than 250 megs of memory.